This show is brilliant! Let’s cancel it!
Sci-fi has a tough road on TV, especially on network. So many shows with sci-fi elements don’t even make it through a full season, no matter how much promise they show. Why is that?
My guess is that sci-fi takes a while to build an audience, and networks have a really tough time selling that. They live and die by their advertisers, and very few advertisers want to buy time when there’s a chance their message won’t be seen until sometime around season two. It’s sad, but it’s the way networks operate.
There are probably other factors, too, like inadequate or misleading promotion. I can tell you from experience that it’s tough to get the attention of the right audience.
So, two questions today: what’s your favorite sci-fi-type show that never even made it a full season? And how can we fix the sci-fi cancellation problem?
(Mine’s probably Firefly, by the way, but there are a lot of ’em I loved.)